By Imperical Evidence
The Lions made a pair of roster moves tonight, signing free agent linebacker Bobby Carpenter and signing cornerback Paul Pratt back to the practice squad. Pratt was moved onto the roster before the Giants game, then released so that the Lions could sign him back to the practice squad. The Lions also cut Dante Wesley, leaving them two roster spots.
The Lions also signed C Cody Wallace off the Jets' practice squad.
The speculation is that Wallace, a fourth-round pick by San Francisco in the 2008 draft, will back up veteran Dominic Raiola in Detroit. He played collegiately at Texas A&M. Now, where would that leave Dylan Gandy, a five year veteran? Well, the Lions do have room on the roster right now for everyone. Gandy also played mostly guard at Texas Tech University, until his senior year when he moved to center and had 12 starts at that position.
Cornerback Jack Williams came off the Physically Unable to Perform list this week. He can practice with the Lions for three weeks before the Lions have a decision to make. The Lions could activate him to the roster, waive him, or put him on Injured Reserve.
Bobby Carpenter worked out for the Lions earlier today.
Dallas originally drafted Bobby Carpenter with the 18th overall pick in 2006. He couldn't manage to break the starting rotation in his four years there, and was traded to the Rams. He was one of the final roster cuts by the Rams, and the Dolphins picked him up. He was then released by the Dolphins earlier this week. Jim Schwartz has to be thinking that he could help the Special Teams unit, because the Lions also signed Bobby Carpenter to the active roster. The Lions 4-3 defensive scheme also might be the thing for Carpenter, and he should provide at least depth.
Quarterback Shaun Hill, receivers Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson and Bryant Johnson, running backs Jahvid Best and Kevin Smith, tight ends Brandon Pettigrew and Will Heller, offensive linemen Jeff Backus and Stephen Peterman, defensive linemen Kyle Vanden Bosch, Corey Williams and Andre Fluellen, linebacker Zack Follett and defensive backs Alphonso Smith, Nathan Vasher and Louis Delmas all missed practice today. That's 18 players that at the very least are nursing minor injuries and will use this bye week to heal. In a week before a game, most of these players would have been at practice, except maybe Hill, Levy, and Follett.
Matthew Stafford did practice today, but not with the first team because of all of the players that did miss practice. Stafford said his arm was near 100%, and that's great news for all Lions fans. One of his receivers said later that Stafford threw the football 70 yards in the air.
The bye week comes at an extraordinary time in the NFL, with the new rule on helmet to helmet hits and violent hits going into effect. The Lions will have an opportunity to watch other teams, and maybe learn from the mistakes they make, before this new rule effects them. The Lions also have that extra week to try to adapt, most of the NFL dosen't.
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